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Oconomowoc (/oʊˈkɑːnəməˌwɔːk/) is located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The name was derived from Coo-no-mo-wauk, the Potawatomi term for "waterfall." The population was 15,712 at the 2010 census.Before 1700, this region was inhabited by Potawatomi peoples descended from Woodland Indians known as "mound builders". There are also reports that the Sauk Indian chief Black Hawk had a campsite on Oconomowoc Lake.
Around the turn of the 20th century, the Oconomowoc Lake area become known as a summer retreat for wealthy residents of Milwaukee and Chicago. The population was 595 at the 2010 census, and has remained one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the state of Wisconsin.
Oconomowoc schools are served by the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD). Elementary schools (grades pre-K through 4th) include: Greenland Elementary, Summit Elementary, Park Lawn Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, and Ixonia Elementary. Oconomowoc has two middle schools, Silver Lake and Nature Hill Intermediate school, which serve students in 5th through 8th grades. These opened for the 2008–2009 year, replacing the older Oconomowoc Middle School. As of the 2017–2018 school year, Oconomowoc High School had 1,709 students. St. Matthew's Lutheran School is a 3K-8th grade school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Oconomowoc.
Primary automobile transportation is provided by highways 16, 67, and I-94. Highway 16 runs from Pewaukee to La Crosse. The original route passes through downtown Oconomowoc; however, a bypass was built which goes around Lac La Belle to the north. Highway 67 runs from Beloit to Chillton. Interstate 94 provides access to Madison and Milwaukee.